Main response against Ômicron is vaccination, says minister

Health surveillance care in the country remains the same

Published in 29/11/2021 - 16:56 By Agência Brasil - Brasília

The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, said this Monday (29) that the main response against the Ômicron variant is vaccination. “This contract signed with pharmaceutical company Pfizer is the proof of the Ministry of Health's program to face not only this Ômicron variant but also the others that have already created so much trouble for us”, he added. (LINK:1

In Salvador, he stated that the care of health surveillance in the country remains the same adopted since the beginning of the pandemic. “It's a worry variant, but it's not a despair variant because we have a health system capable of giving us the answers in case a variant of this one has a slightly higher lethality. Nobody knows yet”.

New Year's Eve and Carnival

Asked about the resumption of New Year's Eve and Carnival parties, Queiroga recalled that the topic is not the ministry's agenda and that the definition is made by the municipalities. “This is a moment of vigilance, of observing what will happen due to this new variant that has been described. The Ministry of Health is vigilant, prepared for this emergency and for others that may arise”.

booster dose

Even with the identification of Ômicron, the minister ruled out, at least for the time being, the possibility of reducing the five-month interval currently required by the folder for the application of the booster dose of the vaccine against covid-19. The requirement, according to him, remains the same.

“There is still no evidence in science for this. You can't want a self-service science. For some things, you want A-level scientific evidence. For others, you don't have any evidence, just the opinion of a municipal secretary. It can't be like that. After five months, the booster dose can already be applied to those over 18 years old.”

WHO

Queiroga also said that he spoke yesterday (28) with the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, about the possible impacts of the new variant on the Brazilian scenario. "We are working with the perspective that, in Brazil, with the epidemiological situation more under control, we will not let go back in relation to what we have already achieved".

Text translated using artificial intelligence.

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